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Incorporating Mentorship to Improve Student Success

Submitted by Laura Killam

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What challenge, problem or motivation inspired you to make one small change?

In first and third year nursing, we wanted more hands on opportunities for students and I thought the best way to learn how to teach was actually teaching. Practice lab in the past wasn’t great for students. We didn’t have enough teachers to do 1-to-1 teaching with the first years so we thought why not leverage the third year students to do it for us.

Tell us about your one small change:

Students in third year of nursing facilitated labs for first year nursing students. They were learning how to become educators. Katherine, Francoise and I worked together. I led my third year students and they were graded on the reflection of their performance and the first year students were preparing for their first day of clinical.

What was the result of your one small change?

Both first and third years thought it was awesome and asked for more mentorship opportunities. First years felt more comfortable and confident going into their placements. The third years were more approachable and non-intimidating to their peers. I would certainly do this again and I will try to find more ways to do more peer-to-peer mentorship in the future. Read more on Laura’s blog here. 

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